Excerpt: They say it makes Jack a dull boy, the whole single-sided approach to life. We’ll go one further, though, and say that even being able to switch from fun to serious or from any identity to another, for that matter, isn’t all that impressive.
Excerpt: As a tech-minded individual, you appreciate a solid hands-on experience with any device before you purchase it. You storm your local electronics haunt and play with display models for hours on end before making a decision.
Excerpt: When you’re literally the laughing stock of the tablet world, it’s pretty hard to make a comeback. In fact, most critics didn’t believe we’d see what’s before your eyes now: Surface 2. There’s plenty of reason for people to be such haters, too.
Pros: Includes Office 2013; TypeCover 2 keyboard is actually usable.
Cons: Weak app store; keyboard not included; disappointing battery life.
Excerpt: Who has a tablet? That’s right, pretty much everybody. Now, who has a tablet that can run full Photoshop ? Suddenly the show of hands goes way down, limited pretty much to only non-ARM-powered Windows slates.
Summary: With the first Surface Pro , Microsoft laid out its vision of the future: one mobile device with the guts of a laptop that can replace your tablet, laptop, and maybe even desktop. Unfortunately that first model also brought along some sketchy battery life.
Conclusion: The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.
Pros: Ultrabook components. Full 1080p HD display. 10-finger touch screen. Improved kickstand and performance. Comes with pressure-sensitive stylus. Works with Surface covers and accessories. Truly Windows-compatible.
Cons: Keyboard cover is optional. Only one USB 3.0 port. Kickstand still digs into your legs.
Excerpt: The Surface Pro 2 is Microsoft's updated slate tablet that's improved in every performance vector. It packs ultrabook-class components into an innovative form factor with a sturdy chassis. Add in a wide range of useful accessories, and the Surface Pro 2 is the Windows 8 tablet to beat.